Aussie Music Industry Cheers As Yankee Pirate Goes Offline
The Australian representatives of the world’s biggest record companies are set for a win after alleged piracy operator Kickass Torrents was sent offline in the US.
Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music have been pushing for eight Kickass Torrents domains to be blocked in Australia.
The application had been held back a month to await the outcome of a separate blocking case – where film studios have been seeking to restrict access to The Pirate Bay, SolarMovie, Torrentz, Torrentound and IsoHunt file-sharing Web sites – which would set a precedent for the music industry’s case.
Representatives of the music industry appeared in a case management hearing with Telstra, Optus, TPG and Foxtel in the Sydney Federal Court and the matter is currently set for a two-day hearing in late October.
But on Friday the US Government seized the Kickass Torrent’s domain names, forcing it offline.